Friday, March 05, 2010
Well, I was fortunate to make it through this week without a gallbladder attack. But, rather than rest on my laurels, I am going to do this thing and today is the day. I have been fasting since noon... and believe it or not, I don't really feel hungry. But, I guess it's somewhat because of the apprehension of drinking all this oil tonite. My sister told me she takes epsom salts before she starts hers but I just fast then drink the 16 oz. of olive oil - (which btw, I checked and posted to my food tracker today and that is 3818 calories.) I have to mix that with lemon juice and drink it all evening and then tomorrow, it will all flush out - talk about a cleanse.... but if it takes out the gallstones, which it did (big time!) when I did it 20 years ago.
So I want to do my WATP video since I couldn't get the energy up to do it last nite. And after that, I start the treatment around 8pm, and am supposed to lie down on my left side the whole evening. So, must get my exercise in, my quick stop at SP and a good book ready.
Hopefully, I will feel up to posting tomorrow and I will have evidence that stones have passed and I will not have to anticipate any more gallbladder attacks.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
When I list it as Day 66, it seems like a very long time... That is over 2 months... I was always told in Weight Watchers that it takes 21 days to make a new habit. Well, guess that means I've made 3 new habits or had the time to anyway. I guess the 16 lbs. definitely tells the story there that I have changed my eating habits and that's definitely a big positive. My sister gave me a different perspective last night when I said I was lsoing weight... She said that "losing" is a negative term and the new way - the positive way - to say it is now "I'm releasing the weight".... interesting! SO listen up Weight, "I release you!" so you've officially gotten the boot, so get outta here, leave me forever!!
(Where did that come from?)
So, another habit I could have made in that 66 days and have made is exercise... It's still only WATP 2 MIle, but that's Ok for now.... It is more than just walking. I went to the gym twice with the other ladies and all I did was the treadmill and the bike and a little elliptical. It was so solemn and no one talking or anything social at all, so it didn't really appeal to me. But, even though it's only Leslie Sansone talking at me, at least there is something going on and she is giving you positive feedback all over the place! And even though I am only do that at this point, I have upped the performance a little. So that's two down!
And what would the third habit be... well, beyond a doubt, it is dealing with emotional upheavals without food. Yesterday's blog and a couple others I have done testify to how I have had temptations to deal with and found a healthy lifestyle way to do it.. I came home from work in a down mood to another disappointment and I did, I went in and laid on the bed and had a little pity party. But then, I took control and turned on the TV and walked it out with Leslie.... And I felt good! It felt a whole lot better than the crying and pitying myself that's for sure.
So, in the long run, it doesn't feel like it's been 66 days at all. As well as the friends I'm making around here and the support and encouragement, it's keeping me focused to be on SP and be in control of my food, my mood (to a lesser degree) and my health due to changes in blood sugar and hopefully cholesterol too because of healthier food choices and exercise.
I pray the next 66 days will be as easy and as successful. This is one place where I certainly have to be careful what I pray for, cuz this is all good! God Bless.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
That was it, 1/3 cup of bran buds... and suddenly I have met my folate goal for the day. That's only happened about 4 days in 65 days.... And I really like the stuff, little did I know! I mix it in with a SF yogurt and 1/2 cup pineapple and YUM... even for dessert! I checked the nutrition tracker to find that that small amount of bran buds contained 100.15% of my daily folate..... Now, if I could find the magic food to get in my magnesium, I would really be on track....
Well, that wasn't what I was going to complain about today.... (note to self - see you even typed "complain" not just "talk" about!) I was going to say - Ya know what really bugs me about SP? It was when they burst my exercise bubble... I was making myself get up at 6:45 each day and doing the WATP 2 mile video... thinking I was doing a really good thing.. Then, I get myself more educated through the very informative articles available here, only to find that it was a waste of time. It is not good to exercise in the a.m. before you eat.... now I can't seem to find the time to get that 2 miles in..... I wonder if it really isn't good for me. How can walking an extra 2 miles not be good for you? Maybe I misread it. But by the time I get home around 5 pm, I can only work in a 2 mile walk.... and the 3 mile is just a little too much for me.
Well, aside from that... I came home almost in tears today. It's a long story, but I am not confident that I know how to do the actual teacher "planning documents" that are required of me. I have asked over and over and over at different schools several times... I don't know if these teachers I ask, just don't like to teach (other teachers that is), or they think I'm making up that I don't know how to do this... I've had a strange career as a teacher and never had a mentor teacher, never actually worked in a "real" school. First school was a little multigrade school Gr. ECS -12 with only 30 kids, then on a fly-in reserve with 3 teachers teaching each grade, and now a K-9 school with 30 kids... (mine is 7 kids Gr. 1 & 2) anyway, I must be doing something right, but I'm pretty sure that I work way too hard prepping. Part of that is because I like to try to make things fun for the kids, but also because I guess not having an overall plan I don't go in the straight and narrow path.
Well, I came home to find dh (and it's not dear today!) to find that the dishes hadn't been done and there was no supper ready and as per usual, nothing was cleaned in the house. Anyone else out there have a 57 year old husband with no job, no responsibilities at home and no income, but seems to think he's retired! It gets pretty frustrating... Rather than pick a fight today, I went to my room.
As I stretched on my bed feeling sorry for myself, I made the wise choice to turn on the WATP video and instead of adding insult to injury, I actually got up and worked out some of my stress in a healthy manner! Certainly better for the blood pressure! So, the energy it took to walk away that stress helped me to calm down enough that I could then go out and get myself some healthy food... And the only chocolate I got is the diet hot chocolate I am drinking now. I had forgotten till just now how little sleep I have been getting again lately. I haven't had any further gallbladder pain since last week, but am a bit apprehensive about it, though I have a pain prescription on hand. I also have all the "supplies" ready to go on Friday nite with the "cure". I remember saying to myself when I lay there last nite that I should take a sleeping pill tonite..... couldn't hurt the stress level to get some extra sleep to help deal with it.
Well, how many pounds of burden did this lift just getting it off my chest? I can remember in the pre-SP days, that would have required a lot of food, mostly junk food to get over!!!! This healthy lifestyle sure has a lot to say for itself... now if I could just figure out a way to make that a.m. exercise count.... I do know that I felt better when I was exercising before I went to work.... what to do? what to do?
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
I am so tired today, that I need to get to bed instead of sitting here, but hey I can get 3 more points doing this..... Am I addicted or what? Well, I did learn something today - how to put up on my posts that I have lost 15 lbs....YEAH!!
So, that's the short and sweet of it, good nite.
Oh yeah, did you read the Insider today, it was so good I even saved it to my favorites.... 14 recipes for quick treats!! Looks good.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wow, I wanted to make a really big deal, but I didn't really expect it today, I was sure it would take at least another week.... But after three days of being sick and off my feed, water and exercise..... I was apprehensive! But, you should have seen the big smile on my face this a.m. when I saw the "1" in front of 199 - I've crossed the border into "One-derland"!!! Yahoo! I realize that this might be a little premature and I will have to be super careful next week and I will be..
I was even going to take my measurements but I thought I would save that for when I need some extra motivation or a boost....
So, let's all party and celebrate Spark Friends and supporters,, here's a healthy Smoothie compliments of me... and let's all take a nice long "walk and talk".
I'm a little leery of eating anything out of the ordinary as I don't know what could set off this gallbladder and cause another attack....
While I was in the city, I also treated myself to a few new clothes. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.... they were clearing out their last summer stuff I guess, cuz I got a pair of Sz. 12 pants..... they even go on me!!!! They do have that special extra - spandex, but psychologically a Sz. 12 when I was a Sz. 18 in Dec. is so incredible!! I also got a new blouse, a new Sz. M top and 2 cute tank tops. I will be able to wear them under some of the tops that are not quite as "modest" as is required for school teachers!!
Well, I thought I had a lot more to say, but I can't believe I am speechless already... just basking in the glow.... now must head off to school and make up for the two sick days I had to take last week.... Cheers all! Here's success wished to you all too.
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